Lack of space on the beach

Premium price beds are taking over

Cramped_BeachFinding a spot to lay down your beach towel at Cala Bassa is virtually impossible. It’s not because of the large crowds that swarm the island in August, but because the beach clubs have littered the space with premium price beds and tables. Most people visiting Cala Bassa have already had to pay 5 euros to park the car, and then struggle to find a spot on the 250 metre long beach. If you’re lucky enough to find a spot, then it’s likely to be right by the water and you’ll have waiters kicking sand over you all day long.

The Sant Josep beach establishments have 310 authorized bed areas. However, a count on Monday found that there were 433. In addition, the beach clubs also have tables in front of the beds for customers to eat at – which are not licensed.

Another case of blatant violation of licensed beds is in Platja d’en Bossa. They are allowed 2,750 places, but on the same Monday at noon there were 3,435. More than one hundred were double size Balinese beds taking up twice the space for the same licence.

On the beach of Ses Salines, there should be no more than 490 beds divided into 310 singles and 90 doubles. On Tuesday morning there were 586, almost a hundred more than the authorized.

With beaches being a public space, should beds be allowed in the first place?


Cocaine Seizure

Drug gang dismantled

Cocaine_BustThe Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal organization dedicated to the introduction and distribution of narcotics on the island of Ibiza. The gang was made up of Romanians, Colombians and Spaniards, most of who were arrested in a raid carried out on August 4th.

The operation carried out by the Guardia Civil Drug Squad, began in March, when a Romanian citizen living in Sant Antoni was identified as a person involved in drug trafficking, as reported by the Ministry of the Interior through a statement. Continuing research found that drugs were supplied to the island through a Colombian citizen who lives in Madrid.

In early August, it was decided to proceed with the simultaneous arrest of all suspects at seven homes in the town of Sant Antoni in addition to the arrest of the person responsible for sending the drugs in San Fernando de Henares (Madrid).

With the completion of the “Meigas” operation, the Guardia Civil has dismantled a very active network for the distribution of narcotics on the island and also a laboratory for the adulteration of cocaine, found in one of the houses.

13 people have been arrested and the Police seized 2055 grams of cocaine, 575 grams of methamphetamine (crystal), 1 litre of ‘ACETENO’ (used to “wash” the cocaine of impurities), artisan pressing molds for cocaine and hydraulic jacks for pressing.


Sa Penya Clean Up

3tons_TrashWorkers from Ibiza Town’s cleaning company, Ferrovial, removed over three tons of trash from the beach of Sa Penya, after cleaning the cliff of Sa Penya and the streets of the Baix neighborhood last weekend.

Most of the removed waste, which was taken by boat to the port and from there to the dump at Ca na Putxa, was ferrous material and remains of appliances and furniture, wood and even mattresses and bicycles.

The waste removal at Sa Penya also coincided with the bricking of entrances on four nearby abandoned houses to avoid being occupied or used as landfill.


Wave of burglaries

Robberies_Guardia_BarracksMany residents in Sant Josep, Santa Eulària and Sant Antoni have suffered or are aware of a large amount of thefts in villas, fincas or apartments on the island in recent weeks. This wave of burglary is affecting mostly affluent tourists in large villas, however some burglaries have also occurred in residential districts.

One of the affected areas has been the Vista Alegre es Cubells urbanization, where there are numerous villas rented to tourists. A house in Cala Llonga, also rented to tourists, has been robbed twice now and the owners suspect that thieves monitor changes in tenants. Apparently, there have also been numerous robberies in Pueblo Asparagus and isolated villas in Sant Antoni. Tourists are warned to keep valuables safe and to report any suspicious activity.


Sant Josep Store Theft

Jewellery_TheftThieves broke into a small jewellery shop next to the Bernat Vinya bar, located opposite the church of Sant Josep, and stole goods worth between 60,000 and 70,000 euros.

The Guardia Civil received a warning at 3.30am, but suspect that the theft occurred between 2am and 3am, when the establishment was closed.

The thieves forced the back door of the bar which shares the same premises. Once inside, they opened several windows and seized earrings, bracelets and gold and silver crosses. The store specialized in Majorcan Majorica pearls and is a popular place for tourists in summer and winter.


Boats Amazeballs

Boat_CleanupThe Balearic coast cleaning scheme run by the Balearic Ministry of the Environment has collected a total of 27.2 tons of waste on the coast of the Balearics during the month of July which includes 6,592 kilos in Ibiza and 936 kilos in Formentera.

In total, the boats in the Balearic Islands have recovered 27,162 kilos of waste, a daily average of 876.2 kilos – more than last year’s average of 600 kilos per day.

The waste recovery season began on March 1 and will run until September 30. The 30 boats available to the Balearic Government work every day from 8.00am to 3.00pm and are also available in the evenings to respond to possible emergencies.


Water waste

The municipality of Sant Josep has not only got the lowest quality water on the island, but also has the largest increases in demand with notable differences from other municipalities. In the first half of 2015, consumption increased by nearly 11% over the same period last year.

Sant Josep also consumes the most water. In the first half of 2015, 2.3 million m3  was used, which is much higher than the 1.8 million in Ibiza Town or the1.6 million in Santa Eulària. Sant Joan, with 134,788 m3 is the municipality with the lowest consumption.

The increase is consumption is blamed on a combination of leaky pipes and larger tourist numbers.


Suicide in Mallorca?

Suicide_VanA 42 year-old Italian registered as a resident of Ibiza was found on Tuesday in Mallorca with a kitchen knife stuck in his chest. He was in his vehicle at that time which was engulfed in flames on the outskirts of Felanitx.

The man lived in his van, where he apparently organized ayahuasca sessions. Ayahuasa is a powerful hallucinogen which causes visions and euphoria.

Although all the evidence initially pointed to the man having been killed and the vehicle burned to remove evidence, it was discovered that there were no signs of struggle or defensive wounds. The Guardia Civil believes that the victim discovered the fire and tried in vain to douse the flames, and then ended up opting for the suicide rather than burning to death.


Increase in airport figures

AirportWhile political parties argue about the need to limit the entry of tourists due to overcrowding experienced by the islands in July and August, the arrival of people continues to increase. AENA has reported that July was the “seventeenth consecutive month of growth in passenger traffic” at the Ibiza airport.

As for the type rating according to their country of origin or destination, domestic traffic grew by 13.4 percent, with 373,177 extra passengers. International traffic has also increased by 0.8% with 804,633 extra tourists.

AENA also notes that in the first seven months of 2015, 3,430,274 passengers have passed through the airport – an increase of 4.9% over the same period of 2014.


Fishy business

JuanyAndrea_BillA restaurant on Iletes beach in Formentera has made a statement to defend its pricing policy after barrage of criticism on social media. A couple posted their whopping bill of 337.35 euros online after eating a meal for two people at Juan y Andrea.

As pointed out in the statement, “Juan y Andrea is a restaurant on the beach, not a snack bar” and the menu prices (VAT included) “are visible at both entrances to the establishment.”

The restaurant has stressed that prices “are not above the average price of the area”, although we have failed to find evidence of one that is more expensive. The main bone of contention seems to be not the pricing policy, but failure to adequately warn customers as to the current ‘Market Price’ of fish on the menu.